When I first started to write this blog on bullying I thought I was going to write a lot about statistics and what kind of children who are being bullied. As I began to read the American posts and started to study the subject in a broader perspective I realised that victimisation is a big focus in the field of bullying (for instance see post). In my point of view it became clear that it does not really matter what kind of child is the target of bullying; if it is an outsider, a handicapped, a religious pupil, a pupil from the LGTB or a pupil from another minority group. In my opinion the focus should not be on the victim (exept of course for helping and supporting this child), but rather on the dynamics that generate an environment with bullying. Just because a child is being bullied it does not mean that this child has to change itself. It more likely means that something is wrong with the dynamic in the class or in the school and that this should be analysed and changed.
In my last post (see post) I looked into the idea of focussing on the children who bully and what makes them act badly towards other children. I think that this exact focus is an important one to have with a view to overcome bullying. According to the article I refer to in the post academic motivation can prevent bullying. Working on students’ motivation in an academic matter to remove the focus on getting to the top of the social hierarchy is an interesting task for the schools to accomplish. This as well as working on changing the language usage among students I particularly find interesting. I think it needs to be a bigger challenge for students to talk in a bad way to one another than it is today. It should not be legitimate to resort to a language that is hurtful and damaging to others.
Both of the above-mentioned initiatives can be implemented on an everyday level, which gives the schools and advantage. The professionals close to the pupils are the ones who know the pupils the best and therefore it would make sense that they get to change these dynamics. As we have seen in American posts too many policies and to much top down intervention is not always effective.
To sum it all up; After doing this course and engaging in blog writing I have gained a bigger insight on the situation of bullying both in Denmark, Belgium and in the US. Im glad bullying has become a subject of interest even more than earlier in all three countries. Even though things are going the right way and the statics tell us the initiatives being made are working, bullying is still a problem that needs a lot of consideration and work. I do not think we will ever eliminate bullying 100%, but I think it is possible to reduce even more. And the schools are on the right track.